An average rule of thumb for patients on how often they need to visit the dentist is twice a year or once every six months. Depending on your smile’s needs, this amount may change, but the general recommendation applies to most people. People can get awfully busy in Kansas City, MO, and personal needs can often fall to the bottom of a to-do list. With that said, do you know why it is so important to routinely visit your dentist? Do you know when your last dental exam was? Understanding the importance of routine dental care may make that circle on the calendar stand out a little more.
Preventing Smile Threats
Most dental health issues are preventable. The two most common conditions are tooth decay and gum disease; both can typically be prevented with good hygiene and routine dental visits. During routine dental exams, your dentist can identify if there are any potential threats to your smile’s health. Curtailing the threat could involve treatment, a dental cleaning, or just a thorough conversation about what you can do at home.
If a problem is identified at your dentist’s office, it can be treated. Treating a dental problem in a timely fashion is the best way to save time, money, and your smile. If tooth decay is discovered and a cavity has already formed, a dental filling can help stop the decay. If you skip your routine visit, that decay may have time to spread until it causes infection and a toothache. At the later stage, solving the problem can get more complicated. A root canal treatment or even an extraction may become necessary.
Getting Bright & Clean
Routine cleanings can make your smile look brighter, feel cleaner, and actually be cleaner. Bacterial tartar (hardened plaque and buildup on your teeth and along your gums) cannot be removed at home, but it can be removed during a cleaning. A clean smile is at less risk of bacterial-caused problems.
Routine dental exams are essential to oral health
Have you had two dental visits in 2018? To schedule a consultation, call Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Kansas City, today at 816-897-4288. We have built a practice where you can feel comfortable and at ease during every visit.